Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has lamented over the current state of disunity in Nigeria. Obasanjo said that Nigeria was not as divided as this during the
civil war in comparison to the worst situation of things as they are
The former president said this while Speaking at a one-day ‘2019
annual retreat/conference and general meeting’ of members of Association
of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) held at Park
Inn, Abeokuta in Ogun State yesterday, Obasanjo,
The former president urged Nigerians to partner one another at home,
within communities, states, countries, sub-African region and African
continent, adding that Nigeria was in danger if “we don’t take
“When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we
were not as divided as we are now. Today, we are in danger if we don’t
take partnership serious. That partnership should be within our people,
Africa and the rest of the world.
“As chief audit, it is defined by virtue of what you are doing as a
profession. If the audit is awry, banking business will not be right.
“What I want to emphasise is that it is a must as Nigerians and
Africans that we have certain elements that we have to take very
seriously which I put as 5Ps.
“The first is politics which is governance. Unless we get governance
right, any other thing we are trying to do will not be right.
“The second is population. Our population at independence was
estimated to be 45 million, but today we are almost 200 million. By the
year 2050, we will be over 400 million. Normally, population should be
an asset but looking at the condition we are in now, when in the
North-east of Nigeria, the percentage of adult literacy is about 53
percent, and education being the basic of all human development, you can
see that we have a problem.
“How do we think of setting education to be useful? Those people who
will make our education over 400 million people in many years’ time are
already born, and you cannot unborn them. So the problem is here, what
do we do?
“We must provide education for them, housing, healthcare and most importantly, employment for them.
“One thing that I believe will help us is to provide employment is
agricultural business. And you in the banking business must pay
attention to how we build the agriculture sector. I am not talking of
horticulture, I am talking of the whole value chain, from land
preparation to the end product. And if we are able to get that right,
maybe we will be able to get the issue of employment for our teeming
youths right as well as rural development right.
“The next one is prosperity. I am not being bothered about Nigeria or
Africa’s poverty. We have everything to generate wealth. We have
God-given resources under our soil. We also have human resources. If we
bring these together, then we will definitely get prosperity
“Another one is security. People must be protected in all aspect. Protection of lives and property is most important.”